Frese Receives Multi-Year Extension
Aug. 30, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Brenda Frese, who is entering her 10th year as the women's basketball head coach at the University of Maryland, recently agreed to a multi-year extension to her contract, director of athletics Kevin Anderson announced Tuesday.
The extension keeps Frese on the Maryland sidelines through June 2017. With the extension, she could earn up to four additional years if the Terrapins meet benchmarks both athletically and academically.
"Coach Frese has been the driving force in putting Maryland women's basketball in a position of national prominence during her time here in College Park," Anderson said. "Her 2006 national title and consistent top recruiting classes have positioned Maryland women's basketball for continued success in the future."
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to ensure that her passion and vision will enable us to remain as one of the top programs in the country for many years to come. Personally and professionally, she is exactly the type of person we seek to have at Maryland to provide our student-athletes with the best leadership and coaching possible."
Frese brought the Terrapins their first national title back in 2006 and has earned an overall record of 221-81 (.732) over her nine seasons. The Terps have finished in the top four of the ACC in four of the last five years and won the 2009 ACC title. The 2002 Associated Press National Coach of the Year has brought in seven top-10 recruiting classes since coming to College Park, and four of her players have won ACC Rookie of the Year honors.
"I really want to thank our director of athletics, Kevin Anderson, President Wallace Loh and the entire university for this extension," Frese said. "I'm very humbled and grateful to be able to represent one of the top universities in the world. I've been fortunate to have great players who believed in me, a terrific staff and an incredibly supportive community. Maryland has been a-dream-come true for me, both professionally and personally. I want it to be that way for all the great people we bring into our program.
"I was born and raised in the Midwest, and came here from Minnesota with a vision for greatness. There were no guarantees, but through a lot of people's hard work, we've built something special and now this is home. I truly feel like this is the best place in the country to be in so many different ways. There's no place that has a better combination of where to live, where to get a great education and where to have a great basketball experience. I'm really looking forward to a terrific future."
Maryland has led the ACC in attendance since Frese took the reins in April 2002, leading the league in four of the last six years. Eight of the conference's top 10 single-game attendance records belong to Maryland under Frese's tenure.